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Scholarship Competition


Washington Schools and Microsoft IT Academy

Join the Washington State Schools Microsoft Office Specialist Facebook Group!

Does your school rank in the top 10 by pass rate? Stay up to date with the latest news on performance, events, promotions, and more in our new facebook group intended for Washington State Schools. Join the group by clicking here and be sure to share the group with fellow teachers in Washington State!

New!  Taylor Lehman, a sophomore at Auburn Mountainview High School, was the 16th student at AMHS to obtain Master Microsoft Office Specialist Certification back in March. Stay tuned because AMHS will soon announce their 25th Master student!

Sophomore Taylor Lehman earns her Master Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 Certification

CCI Learning Washington State Scholarship Winners Announced

CCI Learning and The Office of the State Superintendant of Public Instruction (OSPI) are please to announce the winners of the CCI Learning Scholarship Competition for Washington State certified students. Click here to read the full press release.

To view the official competition rules, please click here.

UPDATE! Kalama Middle/High School presented their student winner, James Willman with this enormous check for his scholarship!



Walla Walla High School created a wall of fame for their 354 Microsoft Office Specialist certificates! Congratulations Walla Wall students! Great work! Watch the video below...


Microsoft IT Academy Program (ITA)

OSPI and Microsoft have partnered to provide the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) to all Washington high schools. Microsoft ITA will bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work. It will boost Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education statewide and the employability and global competitiveness of students and future workforce. The Microsoft IT Academy program provides training and certification in a number of Microsoft products, as well as advanced topics, including programming, Web development, and database development.

Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications 

OSPI has partnered with CCI Learning Solutions to provide free Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exams to students, faculty and staff at high schools across Washington State.

With the launch of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office Specialist exams are more popular than ever. A Microsoft Office Specialist certification helps validate proficiency in using Microsoft Office 2010 and meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on some of the latest Microsoft technologies.

Earn a Microsoft Certification to enhance career development path and growth opportunities

Achieving a Microsoft Certification is a great way for educators to stay current in their technology areas and for students to enter the IT workforce with proven technical skills.

According to the Annual Microsoft Certification Program Survey, 51 percent of hiring managers use / consider certification as hiring criteria. Microsoft Certification exams measure one’s ability to perform real-world tasks. These rigorous exams go well beyond testing product knowledge. Test takers are presented with situations in which they must apply their knowledge, analyze technical solutions, solve problems, and make decisions.

Microsoft Technology Associate Certification (MTA)

OSPI has partnered with CCI Learning Solutions to provide a pool of Microsoft Technology Associate certification exams to students, faculty and staff at high schools across Washington State.

Register to Learn More!


Thank you for visiting the Washington Schools IT Academy Microsite. To further help you in implementing the program at your school, we have outlined the steps required to obtain all of the information that you will need. If you have any questions, please contact us at
1.       View a recorded webinar presented by Microsoft that showcases the features and benefits of being an IT Academy. This one-hour presentation will ensure that you are adequately prepared to use the IT Academy in your school. Click here to access the Washington Schools Moodle site and go to section 12 for the recorded webinar “ITA Benefit Overview and First Steps”.
2.      Attend a live meeting presented by CCI Learning Solutions about IT Readiness and the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification programs. This live meeting is approximately 2 hours in length and is necessary to fully understand what is required from an IT perspective. Click here to access the calendar and sign up for the “MOS Testing Center Administration Set-up and Registration” live meeting. 

Washington State Certification Leaderboard


Congratulations to the top 10 schools in Washington State for the period ending April 22, 2014 based on Certification Pass Rate.

  • Lindbergh High School - 84.21%
  • Hazen Senior High School - 81.68%
  • Camas High School - 75.30%
  • Shelton High School - 73.07%
  • Manson Junior Senior High School - 66.67%
  • Foss - 64.10%
  • Columbia High School (Walla Walla) 62.34%
  • West Valley High School - 57.50%
  • Cle Elum Roslyn High School - 56.90%
  • Auburn Mountainview High School - 56.42%

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Congratulations to the top 10 schools in Washington State for the period ending April 22, 2014 based on total Certifications

  • Kamiakin High School - 749 certifications passed
  • Tumwater High School - 722 certifications passed
  • Shelton High School - 605 certifications passed
  • Kalama Jr Sr High School - 518 certifications passed
  • Prosser High School - 346 certifications passed
  • Glacier Peak High School - 345 certifications passed
  • Walla Walla High School - 337 certifications passed
  • Camas High School - 311 certifications passed
  • Redmond High - 305 certifications passed
  • Sedro Woolley Senior High School - 299 certifications passed

Congratulations to the top schools in Washington State offering MTA certifications for the period ending April 22, 2014 based on total Certifications

  • Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center - 14 certification passed .
  • Hanford High School - 14 certifications passed
  • Pullman High School - 7 certifications passed
  • Central Kitsap High School - 4 certifications passed
  • Henry M Jackson High School - 3 certification passed
  • Cheney High School - 1 certification passed
  • Puget Sound Skills Center - 1 certification passed
  • R A Long High School - 1 certification passed
  • Tahoma Senior High School - 1 certification passed



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